For community

Local government makes a big difference in our everyday lives. It defines the places we live, work and play in.

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Latest COVID-19 information, updates and resources.

COVID-19 contact register

SafeWA contact register app logo with smartphoneIt is mandatory for most businesses and venues to maintain a contact register by collecting contact details of patrons attending their premises, including customers, staff, contractors, and visitors.

Western Australian councils employ around 15,000 people and manage more than $40 billion of community assets.

Your local council provides a range of services to you every day, such as roads and footpaths, rubbish collection services, libraries, parks and playgrounds, community services and events, infrastructure and recreation facilities.

This section explains some of the activities undertaken by councils. For details of specific activities in your local area, contact your local council.
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My council

Information about your council and local governments across WA

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Local Government Act Review

The first significant reform of local government conducted in more than two decades

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Local government candidate induction

It's now compulsory for all candidates nominating in a local government election to complete the department’s online induction.

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Council elections

​​​​​Local government elections play an important role in Western Australia’s democratic system.

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Cats and dogs

The department is responsible for administering the Dog Act 1976 and the Cat Act 2011.

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Stop Puppy Farming

Dogs are an important part of many Western Australian families and promoting responsible dog ownership and the future health and welfare of dogs is a priority for the State Government.

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Off-road vehicle areas

Information on permitted and prohibited areas for off-road vehicles

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Cemeteries and burials

Burials outside proclaimed cemeteries

Page reviewed 02 September 2019